Steve Bannon rocked the political establishment Wednesday morning when exerpts from the forthcoming tell all book “Fire and Fury, Inside the Trump White House” were dumped on the inquring public.
The passages shocked America, and sent the White House PR shop into a mild chaos as they scrambled to get ahead of the story.
Critically accalmed journalist Michael Wolff is preparing to release a game changing book a week from now, the bits and pieces of information dripping out seem to spell trouble for the Trump administration.
They also provide priceless insight into an White House under legal and political siege.
Bannon first offered commentary on the now infamous Trump tower meeting staged by Donald Trump Jr, a meeting that included Jared Kushner, Paul Manafort, and agents of the Russian government
“The three senior guys in the campaign thought it was a good idea to meet with a foreign government inside Trump Tower in the conference room on the 25th floor – with no lawyers. They didn’t have any lawyers.
Even if you thought that this was not treasonous, or unpatriotic, or bad shit, and I happen to think it’s all of that, you should have called the FBI immediately.”
The chance that Don Jr did not walk these jumos up to his father’s office on the twenty-sixth floor is zero.”
Bannon’s testimony offers a stunning turn of events in the Trump/Russia narrative, here we have an unquestioned(and credible) insider providing explosive insight about his former colleagues.
Bannon was no coffee boy, there is very few ways to spin this story positively for the Trump administration.
This is a clean cut repudiation of not only the Trump White House, but of the constant denials the President has issued in regards to his knowledge of said meetings.
Bannon also referred to Don Jr’s actions as treason, which is about as damming as it gets.
Difficult to call the allegations of collusion a “witch hunt” when one of the more important surrogates that was associated with the Trump campaign speculates his brothers in arms broke the law.
Bannon went beyond speculating, he actually specified where Special Counsel Robert Mueller will attack.
“You realise where this is going,” he is quoted as saying. “This is all about money laundering. Mueller chose [senior prosecutor Andrew] Weissmann first and he is a money-laundering guy. Their path to fucking Trump goes right through Paul Manafort, Don Jr and Jared Kushner … It’s as plain as a hair on your face.
They’re going to crack Don Junior like an egg on national TV.”
Bannon’s insight carries enormous credibility, not only because of the factual basis for his claims, but more so, because very few people on earth understood the inner workings of the Trump campaign better than Bannon does.
Bannon also took aim at Jared Kushner, who he allegedly was at odds with at the time of his departure.
“It goes through Deutsche Bank and all the Kushner shit. The Kushner shit is greasy. They’re going to go right through that. They’re going to roll those two guys up and say play me or trade me.”
Scorning apparent White House insouciance, Bannon reaches for a hurricane metaphor: “They’re sitting on a beach trying to stop a Category Five.”
The scathing commentary did not go unnoticed by the White House.
JUST IN: President Trump statement on Steve Bannon: "When he was fired, he not only lost his job, he lost his mind." pic.twitter.com/LxZoBI5Ng4
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 3, 2018
In one of the strangest moments in political history, President Donald Trump published what essentially amounted to a diss track, questioning Bannon’s mental health, and distancing the Breitbart editor from the house of Trump completely.
Trump questioning anyone’s mental health raises a mountain of questions unto itself, but we will leave that for now.
This contribution by Bannon is a very far cry from the well documented bromance the country has observed over the last year between Bannon and Trump.
Love Bannon or hate him, the fact remains that he was the head administrator of the Trump campaign during the last three months of the election cycle, and then took on the mantle of chief strategist for a full seven months before he was “fired”.
Bannon has been accused of being a white supremacist, his behavior has gone beyond that of sympathizer to the white nationlist movement, it seems more like he is a member of the movement, and dreams of an America that is totally cleansed of minorites.
Many see him as evil, as a source(among many) of the crazy political climate we now find ourselves in.
But that does not mean he is lying during this testimony, furthermore, the President can no longer deflect questions about Russia as some clandestine quest by Democrats to unseat him from the White House.
Special counsel Robert Mueller most likely was already aware of Bannon’s sentiments, but seeing them published was an eye opening experience for the country.
The question now is, what else is in this book?